To John Murray 18 October 1874
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
Oct. 18th 74
My dear Sir
I am much obliged to you for having sent me the Quarterly. The rejoinder is a fine specimen of words having been used in a Pickwickian sense.1 I am thoroughily convinced by striking coincidences of style & most unusual expressions that Mr Mivart is the author of the calumnious attack on my case, &, as usual, of gross misrepresentations of my words.2
I am therefore not now surprised at any amount of malice in the article, though I was surprised before. It has been a satisfaction to me to discover that there are not two men of science, only one, so regardless of truth as is Mr. Mivart.
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Thanks for Quarterly Review [Oct 1874, containing G. H. Darwin’s letter and a rejoinder]. Is convinced the author is Mivart. Is therefore not surprised at malice in the article attacking his son [George Darwin] and grossly misrepresenting CD.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Murray, John (b)
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- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 345–6)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9685,” accessed on 16 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9685